Columbia College Chicago

Interdisciplinary Arts

Columbia College Chicago offers master's degree and graduate certificate programs in the arts, media, education, the business of the arts, and the application of the arts to healing. Students pursue advanced study in small, selective programs that are grounded in history and theory and shaped by the trends of contemporary practice. Under the guidance of award-winning faculty, students prepare to advance their careers, shape the future of their disciplines, and affect meaningful change in their communities.

Graduate Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.

Interdisciplinary Arts, MA


The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts supports artists seeking to refine their creative practice and deepen their understanding of interdisciplinary art theory, history and technique. With access to the facilities in the MFA program, you will build connections among visual art, movement, sound, writing and drama, and graduate with a broad understanding of contemporary art practice, expanded technical skills and a professional portfolio. Designed to be completed in one calendar year, this program is organized as an accessible and viable option for working professionals.

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Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA


The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media fosters innovative dialog between the fine, performing and media arts. You'll incorporate emerging technologies with traditional materials and art processes in a diverse array of creative outcomes that include embodied experiences, participatory artifacts, interactive environments, movement/performance-based instruments, experimental multichannel audio works, augmented reality, networked practices, public media art interventions and hybrid installations. You’ll be empowered to question the value systems of media tools and develop command of creative languages: computational, material, gestural, natural and visual.

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Interdisciplinary Book & Paper, MFA


The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper encourages the consideration of book and paper as a site for interdisciplinary practice. You'll pursue a course of study that integrates both technical and conceptual experimentation while collaborating with new media, performance and installation. As a Book & Paper student, you'll have access to some of the finest bindery, papermaking, and printing equipment and facilities in the world, including the Papermaker’s Garden, which cultivates plants used for papermaking fiber in the Center for Book & Paper studios.

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Intensive Summer, MA


The MA Intensive Summer is a low-residency program offering the same innovative curriculum as the current one-year MA degree but scheduled across two consecutive summer sessions. The vigorous pace of the nine-week summer sessions is balanced with independent art practice and research under the guidance of Interdisciplinary Arts faculty in the interim year. You’ll network, collaborate with a cohort of classmates from around the country and world, and create a contemporary interdisciplinary body of work.

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